Sexual health expert Dr. Catherine Hood answers a question on male tender nipples in the company of Emma Howard.
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Emma Howard: Hello! We are answering questions on Sexual Health. I am joined by Doctor Catherine Hood. Hello! Dr. Catherine Hood: Hello! Emma Howard: Catherine, I've got a question here from a 16 year old who's sexually active. He says, my girlfriend likes to play with my nipples during sex, but recently they've become tender and a small amount of tissue has developed under each one. Looks to me this could be male breast cancer. Dr. Catherine Hood: Okay. Now I can understand his concern there. Breast can occur in men. It's much less likely than it is in women and certainly at the age of 16. I would say he'd be young to be getting any problems in terms of breast cancer. But if you're worried and if there have been changes to either the appearance of the nipples or the skin around the nipples, you really need to go and just see your doctor and let them have a look and just examine you because it can happen but it's very, very unlikely. Emma Howard: Do you think it might be as a result of sexual activity, lots of attention that sort of hardening up. Dr. Catherine Hood: It maybe. Exactly and it maybe that he is just been very over focused because they will now a bit sore and if she's being a little bit over attentive to the nipples, then certainly it can cause soreness and so it might cause little bit of thickening up with the skin. The nipples are big erogenous zone, particularly for women but actually for lot of men too. But I'm getting a feeling that perhaps it doesn't quite worry for him and his girlfriend just hasn't has quite gotten on to that. If the nipples are no -- if this is more painful than stimulating, then really you need to let her know that-- Emma Howard: Talk to each other. Dr. Cathering Hood: You're not doing it for you, so perhaps if you just leave the nipples alone then you'll find, his will settle back down again. Emma Howard: Catherine, thank you. Good advice as always. Well, if you have a similar problem, we hope we might have given you some help. But remember, it's always best to go and see your own doctor for medical advice. Thank you for watching. We'll be back with more health questions and answers